Your Lawn's First Haircut

It's that time of year where the grass is starting to grow and your lawn needs its first trim of the year. With the weather warming up, be sure you are prepared for your lawn's growth spurt.

First, make sure that your lawn is ready to be cut. Remove any debris that may have accumulated over the winter months, especially larger branches or rocks that could damage your mower. The other step in establishing the readiness of your lawn is about how much it has grown. If your lawn is at about 3 inches length, then it is ready to mow. But, starting too early can be harmful, as the grass may not have built up its strength from the winter cold.

Once everything is ready with your lawn, make sure your lawn mower is ready for the task. Have the blades sharpened to ensure a clean cut across the entire lawn. Also, be sure that everything is level. If your mower has the wheels at different heights, you'll wind up with an unintentionally patterned lawn.

Speaking of mower height, be sure that it is not set too low where you are removing too much of the grass blades. The common rule is to only remove 1/3 of the blade at a time. If for some reason your lawn has grown up a lot more than you were ready for, still stick to this rule. If need be, mow twice a week slowly lowering your mower deck until the grass is down to a more manageable length.

This is also the time, if you have any bare patches, to sow some seeds before it gets too hot. If you wait too long your grass will not have time to grow strong enough before the heat of summer burns it away.

Whether you are wanting complete help with your lawn and landscaping or just need some assistance in a certain area, be sure to contact Cuttin' It Close Lawn Care and Landscaping. We offer FREE estimates and would be delighted to help. Call us at 309.692.7400 to receive your free estimate.